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Steve BrodieBy Steve Brodie
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Steve BrodieBy Steve Brodie
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About

Thinking is hard. Creative thinking is harder still.

The ability to think creatively will be one of the most sought after skills in the coming decades. As we move towards the creative economy people who can think creatively will succeed where others will fail.

“65% of today’s grade school children in the US will end up at jobs that HAVEN’T BEEN INVENTED YET” - IBIS Capital, Global e-Learning Investment Review – January 2013

Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, once said that, “We are educating people out of their creative capacities". He explained it this way “We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”

So why don't we routinely teach creative thinking in schools? And why don't we give our children this powerful skill during their formative school years?

We may not know the exact answers to those questions but we certainly have an idea to help!

And it's FABULAS!

FABULAS is a story creation app to inspire children to be more creative.

Fabulas inspires children to create wonderful new adventure stories and in doing so they learn to be more creative.

Steve Jobs told us all to Think Different. So we invite you to help us give millions of kids worldwide the gift of creativity and the future they deserve.

The science behind Fabulas

Fabulas builds on the concepts of combinatorial creativity and neuroplasticity; that thinking about two or more seemingly unconnected things can coax the brain into thinking of new ideas that have never existed before. Einstein called this “Combinatory play”.

"The brain is just an endless knot of connections. And a creative thought is simply ... a network that's connecting itself in a new way” - Jonah Lehrer

4-billion story-starting combinations in each Fabulas Adventure

“Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs

At the heart of Fabulas is an inspiration engine which presents the children with a random selection of story starting elements.

In fact, there are over 4 billion combinations for each Adventure set. Simply shake the iPad to reveal a fresh random selection of inspirational elements to begin a new story. It is this random nature which forces the brain to think creatively.

These elements are dragged into pages within a story book and text is then added to create your story.

Imagine seeing a vampire and a love heart appear in your random selection. What story could that inspire?

This scenario appeared in a dream that Stephenie Meyer had on June 2, 2003. The resulting series of stories, the Twilight series, generated total franchise sales of over U$5billion! Not a bad dream really.

Fabulas Adventure Sets contain images, word and phrases related to a specific type of adventure and each adventure is targeted at a specific age range. Examples could include; Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy, Vampires, Space, cartoons etc.

Put yourself in the Story

Bring your stories to life, and make them more personal, by adding your own faces to characters.

Collaborative story creation

Create together with your friends and family no matter where they are.

Fabulas opens up a whole world of co-creation, where friends and family can create stories with you in real time over the cloud. Imagine the fun of co-creating a story whilst chatting with your friends! Or taking turns to create a story!

Create your own personalized adventure book

Once completed your special adventure books can be shared via social media or sent to a book printer. What better memento of your adventures than a beautifully printed hard copy book or an elegant e-book to share with your friends.

Our story so far

As a co-founder of the Thinking Thingamabob Company, I was always passionate about creativity, and inventing, and how people could learn to be more creative. So I decided to invent a new way of helping people be more creative systematically. I gathered a great team of people to help. Our team has expertise in early childhood education, creativity & innovation, software development, design and information technology.

The team’s first product, the Thinking Thingamabob ipad app, is a creative thinking tool which helps people of all ages develop creative new ideas. Fabulas builds on this successful approach to creative thinking. The Thinking Thingamabob app has been downloaded over 2000 times and feedback has been awesome;

“Thinking Thingamabob is a brilliantly simple concept with an array of uses. I love it when an app is developed that is both unique and functional and this app is both.” – App review by AppAbled

“Inventiveness increased. Even my most quiet students were eager to participate. Great descriptive language was evident.” – Primary school deputy Principal.

“Their only disappointment was when we had to stop.” – Primary school deputy Principal.

Thinking Thingamabob was a great proof of principle, in a classic “Lean Startup” way, but to really succeed it needed to be more fun.

That’s why we decided to appeal to you all to help us create a more fun, interactive version that really hits the mark.

Our targets and development plan

Raising our target of £36,000 will enable us to create a version of Fabulas for Apple tablets and we will be able to create 4 themed Adventure sets. The build will take 6 months and we will deliver four Adventure Sets at launch. We will, however, deliver our e-book rewards within two months of the Kickstarter campaign closing. These books help you learn how to be more creative and learn how to help others with their creative adventures.

Raising £72,000 or more will enable us to deliver a version of Fabulas for Android in addition to the above Apple version.

Support of over £100,000 will allow us to build an online book store where authors can share their beautifully crafted stories with others. Imagine letting the world see and read your own stories, or your childrens. Better still; imagine making some money whilst doing so.

Please join us on our mission to help inspire the world.

Cheers,

Steve and the Fabulas team

Risks and challenges

Whilst we are confident that we have the track record and skills to build the Fabulas app, the new range of features we are proposing will, of course, test all our skills to the full. We have made sure that our developers have others they can reach out to if they need extra support. This additional on tap support will enable us to scale up coding and manufacture should we be fortunate enough to reach our stretch targets.

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    EARLYBIRD - get in early to get a hardcopy book! THREE copies of the Fabulas app with each copy including all FOUR of the new Fabulas Adventure Sets. Plus THREE copies of the "Fabulas Creative Writing" and “Fabulas Creativity” e-books. You will also receive THREE e-book versions of books you created and ONE hardback version of a book you have created. One train-the-trainer video on how to maximize the impact of Fabulas for groups of children.

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    EIGHT copies of the Fabulas app with each copy including all FOUR of the new Fabulas Adventure Sets. Plus EIGHT copies of the "Fabulas Creative Writing" and “Fabulas Creativity” e-books. You will also receive EIGHT e-book versions of books you created and EIGHT paperback versions of books you have created. One train-the-trainer video on how to maximize the impact of Fabulas for groups of children. As a key backer we will build an Adventure Set based on your suggested theme. We will also deliver a LIVE 1 hour webinar on “Creative Thinking for Children” at a time which suits you.

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